Meet RMHC Bay Area’s New Board Members

Join us in welcoming our new board members, Arun Perinkolam, Dr. Chris Wachira, Mariam Sattar, and Lisa Blackwood Kapral! We look forward to your incredible leadership and to drawing on your valuable expertise in finance, technology, strategic planning, and so much more as we support thousands of families with critically ill children every year. Thank you for your commitment to supporting families with sick children at Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area! Welcome, everyone!


Arun Perinkolam, Principal, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory

Chris Wachira Board

Dr. Chris Wachira, Founder/CEO, The Wachira Group 

Mariam Sattar, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Podium 

Lisa Blackwood-Kapral Board

Lisa Blackwood-Kapral, Chief Accounting Officer, Lyft 


About Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area

Our mission at Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area (RMHC Bay Area) is to be there for sick kids and their families, providing comfort and support when and where they need it most. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3), we offer no-cost housing, free meals, and comprehensive psychosocial support services for families with children accessing care at the Bay Area’s leading children’s hospitals, including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. Additionally, our Chapter operates two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles that offer free oral health care services to vulnerable children in Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties. The 123-bedroom Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is one of the world’s largest pediatric housing facilities for medically fragile children and their families, offering lodging, daily meals, 24/7 family services in English and Spanish, and innovative family-centered programming, including a distinctive makerspace; a Family Support Services graduate training program that offers 3,000 hours of therapeutic support an onsite credentialed K-12 school; and more. In 2023, we established the first 7-bedroom Ronald McDonald House Oakland; the Larry C. Tripplett Sr. Family Center is located just steps away from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. For more information, visit Follow RMHC Bay Area on Facebook, Instagram,LinkedIn, and Twitter.